President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that Baghdadi's wife and close family members are under Turkish custody, adding that the apprehensions demonstrate Ankara's resolve in the fight against the jihadist group.
Republican and Democratic U.S. senators asked President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday to let them know and to respond with sanctions if reports are true that Turkey is violating a ceasefire agreement in Syria. In the letter, the senators cited reports that Turkish forces are operating outside an agreed-upon "safe zone" in northeastern Syria, and that Turkish or Turkish-backed forces are attacking Syrian Kurds near Tal Tamr.
Amid a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump yesterday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan decided that he will travel to Washington for a bilateral meeting with Trump on Nov. 13. After a sanctions bill was approved by the House of Representatives last week, as well as passage of a separate resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide, there had been lengthy discussions in Ankara whether Erdoğan's U.S. visit shall still take place. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch told that they will not take up bipartisan legislation sanctioning Turkey for invasion of northern Syria until after Erdoğan completes his visit.
The European Parliament's new Turkey rapporteur Nacho Sanchez Amor said that Turkey's operation in northern Syria was a major obstacle to developing relations with Ankara.
President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Nechirvan Barzani said on Tuesday that the suffering of the Syrian Kurds under the Turkish incursion came as a result of PKK policy to gain legitimacy in Syria. Barzani added that the best possible solution to the current crisis in Rojava is for the Kurdish-led SDF to engage in further dialogue with Damascus.
Days after the killing of ISIS leader Baghdadi by the U.S., Turkey captured his sister Rasmiya Awad in the Turkish-controlled Syrian town of Azaz. "The arrest of al-Baghdadi's sister is yet another example of the success of our counter-terrorism operations," a Turkish official said.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said that he will decide whether or not to go to the U.S. after a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, following a month of fast-moving events in the relations between Ankara and Washington.
A U.S. military unit heading to Iraq from northern Syria came under fire from Turkey-backed rebels, Russian Defense Ministry has said, adding that no casualties were reported in the incident.
Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has praised Turkey's cross-border operations in northern Syria, while also calling on President Erdoğan to cancel his visit to the U.S. following Trump's bizarre letter.
Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın has expressed Turkey's "frustration" regarding two resolutions that passed in the U.S. House during a meeting with a U.S. House of Representatives that took place amid tense relations between the two countries.
NATO Secretary General has praised Turkey's fight against ISIS and said that no other NATO ally suffered more terrorist attacks than Turkey, while dismissing calls for the suspension of the country from the alliance.
The head of Turkish Red Crescent has said that Turkey must be given a Nobel Peace Prize for its recent military offensive in northern Syria, as he also praised the soldiers for not harming anyone in the operation area.
Turkish Interior Minister has said that Turkey is not a hotel for ISIS members of other countries, as he slammed the practice of stripping ISIS militants of their citizenship in order to make them stateless and not take them back.
A terrorism report released by the U.S. State Department said that Marxist groups linked to the PKK operated on Syrian soil, adding that the PKK receives financial support from the Kurdish diaspora in Europe.
Dutch Foreign Minister has said that two ISIS women, who escaped from a SDF-held camp in Syria, were detained in the Turkish capital Ankara, adding that one of the women was stripped of her citizenship.